If you live in the Charlotte, NC area, then chances are you’ve listened to 106.5 FM a time or two… And if you’ve listened to 106.5FM, then chances are you’ve heard Charlotte’ own ‘Paper Tongues.’ an American rock band consisting of members Aswan North, Devin Forbes, Joey Signa, Daniel Santell, Jordan Hardee, Clayton Simon, and Cody Blackler. Their sound is described as fusing rock n’ roll melodies with hip hop beats, and includes elements of rock, funk, rap, and soul. They formed in 2007 and after playing together for a while, they decided they wanted to go to California to try and get a recording contract. This inspired their hit song “Ride To California“, which portrays the struggle involved to raise the money and find a way out there. They were able to save up enough money through donations from neighbors and a generous donation from a college friend in Georgia who told them not to worry about paying them back, but rather to just go and make good music. While eating lunch at a restaurant in Los Angeles, lead singer Aswan North met Randy Jackson. He went over to talk to him about his band, and even gave him the band’s Myspace site and phone number, and then left. Within hours of leaving the restaurant, the band received a call from Jackson expressing interest in their music. They have since supported other bands such as Everclear, Flyleaf, and Switchfoot, as well as headlining a tour of their own with Crash Kings and playing various other shows with Muse, AFI, 30 Seconds to Mars, Rise Against, Switchfoot, Neon Trees, and Anberlin. Paper Tongues’ eclectic sound ranges from bombastic songs like “For the People” that can light up a packed arena or a dance floor, while the soulful electronica-infused “Trinity” is inspiring and invigorating.
Working with producers Brian West, Mark Endert, John Fields, Billy Hume, and up-and-coming producer Nicholas Balachandran, Paper Tongues crafted an album that is bustling with engery. Their self titled debut album came out in March of last year, with their singles “Ride to California” and “Get Higher” recieving heavy play on Charlotte’s 106.5 FM The End. If you have the chance to pick up their album or attend one of thier shows when they are in town, then don’t waste it. These boys are the best hope for evolution in Rock and Roll, and will definitely be making Charlotte proud.